Senior Expert Contact

Promoting entrepreneurship through expertise – passing on technical skills through hands-on volunteer work.  Senior Expert Contact (SEC) experts provide direct and uncomplicated support to companies and institutions who aim to grow.
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The project

By undertaking volunteer assignments, Senior Expert Contact (SEC) experts pass on specialist knowledge exactly where it is needed. In this way, the benefits of professional support are accessible to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and institutions in developing countries and Eastern Europe.

An SEC expert can be requested by an SME, training centre or other institution, which requires professional expertise to solve an operational challenge but which couldn’t afford this advice at market prices.


Each year, around 140 SMEs and institutions benefit from expert consultancy assignments. 
Today, more than 700 mainly retired technical experts, ranging from craftspeople to hotel managers to marketing specialists, share their expertise and valuable professional experience. 
Since 1979, SEC has carried out over 3,000 assignments, with experts having provided roughly 1,200,000 hours of voluntary work. This is equal to an estimated 45 million Swiss francs.

SEC assignments result in:

  • Improvements in product quality
  • More efficient workflows
  • Improved working conditions
  • Higher competitiveness in the local market
  • Job creation
  • Poverty reduction

Financing partners

This project is part of the Swisscontact Development Programme, which is co-financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA. 


Sustainable agriculture, Initial vocational education and training, Labour market insertion, Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Empowering Women: Step by Step
As we mark the International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8, we focus on celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world. This year, IWD’s slogan is #BreakTheBias, bringing into light the importance of raising awareness against all biases and taking actions for equality.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Bolivia's entrepreneurial ecosystem benefits from Swiss expert advice
Bolivia's entrepreneurial ecosystem reflects that business creation remains dynamic despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Figures show that 9020 new businesses were created in 2020, an increase of 2.8% compared to 2019. These companies are an important source of employment generation in the country and strengthen the entrepreneurial and business ecosystem. However, they face challenges in becoming financially sustainable. This is where access to mentoring comes in as a valuable source of support to future growth. 
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
The transformational power of timely support to women’s economic initiatives
Kosovo’s entry – the feature film Hive – for the 94th Academy Awards to be held on 27 March 2022 in Los Angeles, tells a story of fortitude, solidarity, and the rebuilding of lives. It is the real-life story of Fahrije Hoti, founder of the Agricultural Cooperative Krusha in Kosovo. What started out of necessity to provide living means for the war widows and orphans in the village is now a successful business, 100% run by women, which sells to over 200 stores in Kosovo and exports to several European countries including Switzerland. Swisscontact facilitated consulting services and the purchase of machinery for production, which enabled the cooperative to improve their product and business.

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